Kitzbühel looks forward to a breathtaking summer

Top-class sports and arts events attract visitors from all over the world

Kitzbühel, 23 May 2014. For sports and music fans there are plenty of reasons to head back to Kitzbühel this summer, because the town is following its winter highlights like the Hahnenkamm Races with three top-class events. Sports fans can look forward to an exciting premiere, as the most legendary sports destination in the Alps plays host to the European Triathlon Championships on 19 - 22 June. Over 2500 of Europe's best triathletes will be there. Opera star Elina Garanča is to make her second appearance in Kitzbühel, with a concert on 5 July forming part of the Classics in the Alps series. Between 27 July and 2 August Kitzbühel will become a showcase for world-class tennis as it hosts the Kitzbühel bet-at-home Cup, part of the 70th ATP World Tour. In this anniversary year, tennis fans can look forward to seeing Andreas Seppi, 2012 finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber and rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in action.

Premiere in June: Mercedes-Benz Kitzbühel ETU European Triathlon Championships

Between 19 - 22 June, Kitzbühel plays host for the very first time to the European Triathlon Championships. Titles will be won in the elite, junior and paratriathlete categories, but the European championships are also unique in the breadth of their appeal, with over 2500 competitors representing more than 40 nations. Spectators can look forward to some spectacular sport in the event area around the Schwarzsee and in Kitzbühel's town centre. http://www.ec-kitzbuehel-2014.com/en

Opera star Elina Garanča enchants Kitzbühel in a unique setting

The major sporting event will be followed by an exceptional musical experience as opera star Elina Garanča makes her second appearance in Kitzbühel at the Classics in the Alps festival. It will be one of her first performances after the birth of her second daughter. The celebrated mezzo-soprano will perform at an open-air concert in the Pfarrau Park on 5 June. She will be accompanied by the Vienna Boys' Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper conducted by her husband, Karel Mark Chichon. She will also be joined on stage by soprano Valentina Nafornita, ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbüheler Horn and Wilder Kaiser, the concert is set to be an unforgettable occasion. Early booking is recommended. Elina Garanča's concert at Classics under the Stars at Benediktinerstift Göttweig on 2 July has already sold out. http://www.klassikindenalpen.at

The summer classic: ATP World Tour celebrates 70 years in Kitzbühel

The bet-at-home Cup, to be held in Kitzbühel between 27 July and 2 August, is a classic event. The ATP men's tournament, which is traditionally played on sand, will be held in Kitzbühel for the 70th time this year. The organisers expect at least 30 000 spectators. Kitzbühel is especially proud to be able to welcome three audience favourites: up-and-coming Austrian star Dominic Thiem, German ace Philipp Kohlschreiber and Italian Andreas Seppi. Seppi will also be part of the popular 'Match of Your Lifetime' campaign. Last year over 6000 amateur players were eager to qualify as the doubles partner of a tennis star in the tournament. This year eight ambitious players will be selected to take part in a shoot-out to compete for a place beside Andreas Seppi in the doubles competition. http://www.bet-at-home-cup.com/en

Buy your ticket and find out more about all three events at: http://www.kitzbuehel.com

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Kitzbühel savours gourmet event: The Alpine Ingredients

As part of the culinary project 'The Alpine Ingredients', the 12 best Alpine winter sports destinations, together known as Best of the Alps, set themselves the goal of showcasing the very best of their respective regions in a series of events. As a member of Best of the Alps, Kitzbühel was proud last weekend to host the second event, where the attractions included chef Andreas Senn from Hotel A-ROSA Kitzbühel, holder of 3 Gault-Millau toques, who catered in style for winter sports fans in an alpine pasture high above the town.

The idea behind this exceptional culinary experience is as simple as it is quality-focused. At one of the 12 Best of the Alps resorts, spread over five countries, an idyllic spot is chosen to set up a specially designed standalone kitchen and an outdoor table is laid out. Top chefs from the various destinations create a 5-course menu using seasonal local produce and concentrating on local ingredients – simple, authentic yet exceptional. The elegant dishes are complemented by wines from the five countries. Guests are accompanied to the venue by local ski guides. The experience combines winter sports against a breathtaking backdrop with insider tips from local experts, all in the midst of unspoiled scenery.

The first event took place in St. Anton on 28 March 2014. Last Sunday, The Alpine Ingredients called at Kitzbühel, where the hosts were Oswald Hochfilzer and his family at their alpine pasture in Jochberg. At noon on a gloriously sunny day, 28 guests gathered around the table of old Bregenzerwald timber. The skiers and Alpine tourers were guided to the small plateau of the Niederalm in two groups by ski guides from Alpin Experts Kitzbühel. In this stunning setting, chef Andreas Senn from Hotel A-Rosa Kitzbühel (3 Gault-Millau toques) and guest chef Christian Rescher from Hotel Aurelio Lech created a 5-course menu with a regional, authentic theme. Senn's indulgent menu included Angus beef from Oswald Hochfilzer's own herd, which grazed on this very spot last summer. Christian Rescher brought along some char caviar from Andreas Mittermayr in Lech and refined his cheese course with herbs picked on the day in the Alpine meadow. Guests also had the opportunity to sample 5 wines from the Best of the Alps countries to complement the dishes.

Gerhard Walter, Director of Kitzbühel Tourism, was enthusiastic about the event: "The idea behind the concept is to link the cuisines of all Best of the Alps resorts and countries. The event in Kitzbühel was a perfect day off piste in an unspoiled, incomparable setting, with like-minded people, good conversation and of course unique food."

You can find out more about The Alpine Ingredients at: http://www.thealpineingredients.com

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Kitzbühel reaffirmed as world's best ski resort 2014

Kitzbühel has once again achieved top ratings in all categories on the world's biggest test portal! After being named the world's best ski resort last winter, Kitzbühel, the world-famous ski destination, is proud to have retained this distinction this season. The resort was awarded top ratings in all categories by skiresort.de, which once again crowned Kitzbühel the best ski resort in the world.

Kitzbühel was chosen out of 517 reviewed ski destinations on all continents by skiresort.de, the world's biggest test portal for ski resorts, scoring 4.8 out of 5 possible stars. It is the only destination to offer the highest standard of world-class skiing and to have won this accolade twice. It is the second time running that Kitzbühel has received the highest ratings ever given to a ski resort. "Congratulations! Kitzbühel is the best ski resort in the world," declares skiresort.de in its latest test report, awarding no less than 19 accolades to KitzSki.

Outstanding: 5 stars in the top categories

The team at skiresort.de subjected the ski region between the famous Hahnenkamm and the Resterhöhe to a thorough complete check in the 2013/2014 season. The comprehensive evaluation involved no less than 18 criteria.
From the quality of the numerous pistes to the service in the chalets, the experts critically appraised everything that matters to visitors. The impressive overall result is a wonderful achievement for the region. Kitzbühel performed exceptionally well in the top categories, winning the maximum five stars for the size of the ski area, the range of pistes, lifts and cable cars, reliability of snow, piste preparation and the snowpark.

Success is an incentive to do even better

Every year millions of euros are invested in the continuous improvement of Kitzbühel's cable cars. This winter saw the successful introduction of the new Wagstättbahn, a monocable circulating ropeway with 10-seater cabins, energy-efficient direct drive and seat heating.
A look at the recent past shows the economic importance of this ongoing investment. Since 2000, a total of €210 million has been invested in continually enhancing comfort in a ski area covering 460 hectares, two provinces and seven neighbouring communities.
"I'm enormously pleased that Kitzbühel has won this accolade for a second time. It's the reward for the dedicated efforts of the whole team – day in, day out and year in, year out," says Josef Burger, CEO of Kitzbühel's cable car company. "It's an emphatic confirmation of our uncompromising focus on quality and at the same time it makes us determined to continue improving our efforts to deliver a high-quality experience for visitors. Dynamism, innovation and investment for the benefit of our visitors are the pillars of our strategy."

Information about the world's best ski resort

Between the Hahnenkamm and the Resterhöhe is one of the most modern ski resorts in the Alps. With 52 state-of-the-art cable cars and ski lifts, Kitzbühel Bergbahn AG provides access to 170 kilometres of pistes, some of them world-famous, including the legendary Streif and the famous Ganslernhang. Since 15 November 2013, skiers and snowboarders have had ample opportunity to enjoy their favourite winter sports in Kitzbühel. Thanks to excellent conditions, the first valley descent was opened for public skiing on 29 November. An early start to winter indicates a high likelihood of sustained snow. For many years, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel has been one of the first non-glacier ski resorts to open the winter season. This season is likely to be snow-sure with over 50 pistes currently at their optimum quality and 10 descents all the way down to the valley. However, the most important measure of quality is the judgement of Kitzbühel's visitors. And KitzSki is seeing growing customer confidence at a previously unheard-of level with increasing enjoyment and satisfaction. With high-quality pistes for challenging carving and superb descents with a comfortable optimum width down to valley level, there is something for everyone at the world's best ski resort.

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A paradise for foodies: Kitzbühel climbs even higher in the GaultMillau rankings

Kitzbühel, 06/11/2013 Kitzbühel's restauranteurs can be proud: in the GaultMillau 2014 guide to Switzerland, the legendary Alpine resort now has a grand total of 18 toques, six more than last year. Three of them went to newcomer Steve Karlsch at Petit Tirolia. Heimatliebe and its head chef Andreas Senn successfully retained their three toques. Ernst Köstenbaumer from Best Western Premier Kaiserhof and Walter Hiedl from hinterstadt24 both re-entered the GaultMillau ranking with one toque after a year without a rating. Stefan Lenz, head chef at Relais & Chateaux Tennerhof, and his team cooked up a second toque.

Mission accomplished: Steve Karlsch cooks up three toques for Petit Tirolia

Steve Karlsch only took over the reins at Petit Tirolia in September 2012. Even he is surprised at how quickly the restaurant has regained its 3-toque rating after the departure of Bobby Bräuer. Sports, wellness and lifestyle hotel Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel, where the restaurant is located, is justly proud. But the 32-year-old chef hasn't just impressed the GaultMillau testers: his cooking also has an enthusiastic following among guests. The Berlin-born chef impressed the testers with his youthful, modern food combining high-quality Austrian and regional produce with Asian flavours and techniques.

The secret's in the mix: from authentically regional to outstanding

With eleven restaurants sharing a total of 18 toques, Kitzbühel has more GaultMillau-rated establishments than any other destination in Tyrol. The gastronomy scene is rounded off by the town's numerous inns and restaurants, serving regional food at the same high level and popular with connoisseurs and gourmets. In terms of culinary scope, Kitzbühel is cosmopolitan yet authentic and rooted in tradition. From hearty Tyrolean specialities to creative cuisine with international flair, Kitzbühel's chefs cater for a range of discerning tastes. The new toques awarded by GaultMillau confirm Kitzbühel's prominent position on Austria's gourmet map.

Current ranking:

3 toques / 17 points:
Heimatliebe, Andreas Senn
Petit Tirolia, Steve Karlsch

2 toques / 15 points:
Neuwirt, Andreas Hofer
Relais & Chateaux Tennerhof, Stefan Lenz
Schwedenkapelle, Christian Winkler

1 toque / 14 points:
Best Western Premier Kaiserhof, Ernst Köstenbaumer
Lois Stern, Lois Stern
Hotel zur Tenne, Jürgen Bartl
Schwarzer Adler, Andreas Wahrstätter (Jochberg)

1 toque / 13 points:
hinterstadt24, Walter Hiedl
Bärenbichel, Anton Aufschnaiter (Jochberg)

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A winter wonderland: get into the festive spirit in the legendary ski resort

Celebrities explain why they love Advent in Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, 24/10/2013 Kitzbühel, declared the world's best ski resort by skiresort.de, has more than just skiing to offer during Advent! From 28 November, the town centre will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. While the cities are full of hectic crowds, the atmosphere at Kitzbühel's Advent market is relaxed. Visitors can stroll through the beautifully decorated town centre and enjoy the smell of Glühwein and sound of traditional music in the festive atmosphere. The range of brand-name shops and intriguing boutiques with genuine Tyrolean artisan products make for stress-free Christmas shopping, where everyone is sure to find the perfect gift.

Christmas shopping in a relaxed atmosphere

If you're on the look-out for unusual, quality gifts for family and friends, then look no further. Kitzbühel has international designer stores side by side with local artisan shops.This wonderful time of year is also loved by local residents. Fashion designer Sabine Sommeregger shares a simple but delicious recipe for Christmas biscuits. During Advent, top chef Andreas Senn seeks out the restorative tranquillity of nature. For home cooks looking for a challenge, he has a recipe to make the Christmas menu into something extra special.

Sabine Sommeregger makes Alpine fortune cookies

Sabine Sommeregger is now an experienced baker who loves to make traditional Christmas biscuits, and her tasty creations are very popular with family and friends! But it wasn't always like that: the fashion designer recalls her first attempt at biscuit-making with a smile. "As a single parent with a successful career, life can be very hectic, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. But I wanted to make some homemade biscuits for my son – encouraged by the fact that my homemade pizza went down so well! So I called his grandmother and got hold of a simple Christmas recipe. The dough was ready in no time and I rolled it out on the baking sheet and popped it in the oven. Experienced Christmas bakers will have realised what I did wrong: I forgot to cut out the biscuit shapes. So I tried to cut them out of the baked dough. The result was a kind of biscuit jigsaw. But it tasted delicious!" One of her favourite recipes, which is absolutely foolproof, is Schokoschnitten (chocolate slices):

Andreas Senn takes time out for Advent

For Andreas Senn, head chef at the Heimatliebe restaurant at A-ROSA Kitzbühel, which has been awarded three toques by Gault-Millau, the pre-Christmas period is the busiest time of the year. But he also says it's the best time to be in Kitzbühel. He loves the magical blend of vibrant traditions and a stunning winter backdrop. To make sure he has time to enjoy the town during Advent, he has a number of set rituals. "When I'm not in the kitchen I spend every free moment outdoors. Preferably with a long ski tour on the Bichlalm before starting work. Being in the quiet winter landscape helps you to remain calm at a hectic time of year. I also love langlauf skiing around the Schwarzsee for a more active challenge and it's a good balance to my work." One of his favourite places for enjoying the winter landscape is Wildpark Aurach. To Andreas, it's a magical place where you can enjoy the Kitzbühel mountains in all their authenticity.

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Kitzbühel appoints Gerhard Walter, an experienced tourism executive with an international network

On 1 October 2013, Gerhard Walter, one of the most experienced professionals in the Austrian tourist industry, will become managing director of Kitzbühel Tourism. Most recently, Walter was director of tourism at VERBUND AG in Vienna, and he previously spent six years as director of Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH, where he was responsible for a high-profile Alpine brand.

Born in Galtür, Tyrol in 1964, he began his career in 1990 in the marketing department of the Bregenz Festival before moving to the Austrian National Tourist Office in New York. Between 1993 and 2004 he was president of Galtür Tourism, where he played a major role in delivering the crisis management response to the avalanche events of 1999. Between 2004 and 2010, Walter was managing director of Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH, where his innovative approach contributed to the ongoing development of one of the leading brands in Alpine tourism. In 2010 he was appointed managing director of Verbund Tourismus GmbH, where he promoted the creative connection between the energy, tourism and leisure sectors. Between 2011 and 2013 Walter completed a postgraduate management course and an Executive MBA at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

"I'm looking forward enormously to this exciting role," says Walter. "Kitzbühel is a top destination and one of the strongest brands in the Alpine region, attracting visitors in many different areas. The town has an above-average number of major tourism operators, making Kitzbühel one of the most popular holiday destinations in Tyrol and the whole Alpine region. Having the opportunity to be part of this and to work with local partners to develop and market the existing, high-quality tourist infrastructure is an exciting challenge." He believes that the excellent teamwork at Kitzbühel Tourism, as well as the strong partnership between this team and local service providers, Bergbahn AG and the municipal authorities, will be vital in this respect.

Signe Reisch, president of Kitzbühel Tourism, says: "Gerhard Walter was an obvious choice. His track record speaks for itself. He has a wealth of experience, knows both Austria and the world, and understands how the tourist industry works. He is just the right age and has all the charisma the role requires. I was especially impressed with his clear vision of how to develop local tourism and his focus on his goals."

The chairman of the supervisory board, Josef Burger, also welcomes Walter's experience in many different branches of the tourist industry: "The combination of international marketing experience, acknowledged effective leadership of an Austrian tourism association, successful destination management of a leading Alpine winter sports resort and experience in private business make Gerhard Walter the ideal candidate to take Kitzbühel Tourism forward to a successful future."

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Kitzbühel Summer Experience

Drive your dream car from Mercedes-Benz through a stunning Alpine setting

Kitzbühel, July 2014. Dash through the breathtaking Kitzbühel countryside with a car of your choice and enjoy the fresh air, magnificent views and the dynamic mixture of green meadows, forests and mountains - on your own or on pre-mapped routes: This summer, active holiday makers and people looking for R&R can once again discover the Kitzbühel Alps with the hood down. From July 25, 2014 to August 31, 2014, Mercedes-Benz is providing guests of Kitzbühel with its roadster and convertible models for short tours or entire day trips "under the stars". In this spirit, Kitzbühel and Mercedes-Benz are co-operating this year for the eighth time.

On the open road on your own accord

Hiking, cycling, attending concerts or hitting balls at one of the four golf courses in Kitzbühel – the city offers numerous possibilities to make your summer holiday an active one. The Kitzbühel Summer Experience "under the stars" is a special kind of open-air adventure. Just hit the road and explore your surroundings on your own with a quick test drive. With the convertible and roadster models from Mercedes-Benz, you will be in the most beautiful countryside in a heartbeat. The vehicles are available free of charge for test drives up to two hours. Plenty of time to explore and enjoy the impressive panorama of the Kitzbühel Alps. For example, drive along the city's Mediterranean houses to the Alpenhaus. Choose from the new E-Class convertible, the CLS Shooting Brake, the SL, the new V-class and the CLA 45. For more information or to book the free test drive, visit:http://www.mercedes-benz-events.com/de/travel/test-drives/kitzbuehel-offroad-experience.

For further information, call +43 699 11 20 21 03

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Premiere for Classics in the Alps open-air concert in Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel presents international star Elina Garanča

Kitzbühel, 02. May 2013. Against the stunning backdrop of the Kitzbühel Alps, not far from the end of the world-famous Streif run, opera star Elina Garanča will perform at "Classics in the Alps", hosted by the most legendary sports destination in the Alps. The Latvian mezzo-soprano will make her debut in Kitzbühel on 6 July 2013 with her husband Karel Mark Chichon, with a programme featuring stage works by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Advance tickets are already on sale. The concert begins at 8 pm.

Italian opera in the Tyrolean Alps

Five years ago Elina Garanča appeared at Classics under the Stars, an open-air concert traditionally held at Göttweig Abbey in Austria. In 2013 Kitzbühel will host the successful concert series under the title "Classics in the Alps". Garanča will follow up her successful appearance at Göttweig Abbey by performing at the foot of the Kitzbühel mountains this July. The Pfarrau Park in the town centre, surrounded by the Wilder Kaiser, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the "Hausbergkante" of the world-famous Streif, provides a unique venue for an unparalleled concert experience. The mezzo-soprano will be accompanied by world-renowned conductor Karel Mark Chichon, who is also the artistic director of Classics in the Alps. To mark the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi – one of the greatest masters of 19th-century Italian opera – the programme for Classics in the Alps will feature several of his works.

Elina Garanča – an exceptional voice

Elina Garanča is one of the newest stars of the musical world. The Latvian singer possesses a natural charisma and both critics and audiences have praised her voice, her musical intelligence, and her fascinating role portrayals. Her success has led to engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. For Kitzbühel, her appearance represents the cultural highlight of 2013: "We're delighted to be able to present an opera star like Elina Garanča in the breathtaking setting of the Kitzbühel Alps. In addition to the many other activities Kitzbühel has to offer, this engagement is a truly special cultural highlight for both Austrian and international visitors," says mayor Klaus Winkler. Director of tourism Peter Marko is also enthusiastic about the Latvian mezzo-soprano's debut appearance in the town: "We're proud and delighted to be welcoming a true international star like Elina Garanča to Kitzbühel. I heard her perform at Classics under the Stars at Göttweig Abbey and I was stunned by her charisma, her voice and the overall atmosphere. The event is perfect for Kitzbühel and will delight our international visitors."

2013 – a year of culture in Kitzbühel

An open-air classical concert opens a packed summer of cultural events in Kitzbühel: A unique special exhibition at the KITZBÜHEL MUSEUM/Alfons Walde Collection presents "Roofs and Roof Landscapes", selected works by great artists including Alfons Walde, Inés Lombardi and Egon Schiele http://www.museum-kitzbuehel.at/index.php/de/sonderausstellungen/vorausschau. At the first Kitzbühel Music Festival in August, for three days the town will play host to big names from the international music industry with everything from up-tempo folk music to classic hits. The tenth Steinbach Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival will be held during Kitz Summer Nights, Kitzbühel's summer of live music, in July.

More information about cultural events in Kitzbühel is available here: http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/news-und-events/top_events
Tickets go on sale for Classics in the Alps:
Tickets are now on sale for open-air concert 'Classics in the Alps' with Elina Garanča on 6 July 2013, starting at 8pm in the Pfarrau-Park in Kitzbühel. You can purchase your tickets from Ö-Ticket (www.oeticket.com, tel. +43 1 96 096), at the Kitzbühel Tourism information office (tel. +43 5356 66660, info@kitzbuehel.com) or from any branch of Raiffeisenbank Tirol.

Ticket prices:
Category 1 … € 170
Category 2 … € 150
Category 3 … € 120
Category 4 … € 100
Category 5 … € 80

VIP tickets are available on request directly from the organiser, AMI Promarketing Agentur-Holding. Contact person: Astrid Faigl, astrid.faigl@amipro.at

More information about the concert is available at:

This text is available to download at: http://www.panama-pr.de/download/KITZ-Klassik-EN.zip

Press photos are available to download at: http://www.klassikindenalpen.at/de/Presse.htm

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Kitzbühel Music Festival becomes regular event

The most legendary city of sports host Andreas Gabalier and other stars for he second time


Kitzbühel, May 2014. Kitzbühel has an established reputation for hosting high-profile sports events. The Hahnenkamm Races, the Valartis Snow Polo World Cup and the ITU World Triathlon Series are a magnet for sports fans from all over the world. In 2013 these sports highlights were complemented by a musical high-calibre event. After the success of the first Kitzbühel Music Festival the event will now be repeated in 2014. Between 4 - 10 August Kitzbühel will host international stars with a range of musical styles from upbeat folk music to classic hits. Performances will take place in the town centre and at the open-air stadium. The star act, appearing on 9 August, is Bambi and Echo award winner Andreas Gabalier.

Whether you prefer rock songs, party hits or softer ballads, you'll find something for you at the Kitzbühel Music Festival. The full spectrum of popular music will be represented. The festival kicks off on Kitz Summer Night on 7 August with German band Die Trenkwalder from the Mieminger Plateau. With their modern and contemporary approach they add a new flavour to traditional folk music. The Hits Night presents the important names from the folk music scene. Host Andy Borg welcomes Beatrice Egli, Nik P. & Band, Charly Brunner & Simone, Hannah, voXXclub and other big names in folk music at the open-air stadium. The highlight of the festival will be a concert by popular rock 'n' rollers Andreas Gabalier & Band at the open-air stadium on 9 August. Winner of the "Shooting Star" category at the Bambi Awards, Gabalier started his musical career in 2009 with his own brand of groovy rock 'n' roll with an Austrian twist. The festival draws to a close on Sunday 10 August with the ORF Radio Tirol Frühschoppen (a morning show) on the Kitzbüheler Horn.

You can book event packages at:
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/unterkuenfte/pauschalangebote/Musikfestival+Kitzbühel_pa34936

Further information about the Festival at:
http://www.kitzmusik.at/

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Upon a star

Learn to drive safely with the Kitzbühel Offroad Experience in partnership with Mercedes-Benz

Kitzbühel, 10. 12. 2012. For most drivers, poor road grip, spinning tyres, obstacles and sharp gradients are a nightmare. And in winter, extreme weather conditions such as snow and ice present extra challenges. Modern off-road vehicles handle all these situations well, but only when you know how to control a vehicle on uneven terrain can you feel confident off-road and enjoy driving – even on a smooth, snow-covered road. Between 28 December 2012 and 2 March 2013, motorists can test and improve their skills in these very conditions at a quarry near Kitzbühel with the help of expert instructors. The Kitzbühel Offroad Experience allows drivers to try out the full updated range of off-road vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.

Enjoy safe driving on extreme terrain

Off-road vehicles offer comfort and a feeling of confidence on the roads, but it's when you get off surfaced roads that the fun really begins. Thanks to special technologies like all-wheel drive and low-range gears, these vehicles can cope with tough terrain – provided the driver is in good control of the vehicle. During the Kitzbühel Offroad Experience, drivers will learn to cope with these driving conditions and terrain conditions and use the features of off-road vehicles effectively. The training takes place at Hartsteinwerk Kitzbühel, a quarry in Oberndorf. Training modules are available every day between 10am and 6pm from 28 December 2012 until 2 March 2013. The experience includes transfer to and from the site with a Mercedes-Benz driver and a test drive on the self-drive course under the guidance of a trained instructor. On the snow- and ice-covered terrain of the large quarry, participants will learn the basics of safe driving. Then it's time to move to the passenger seat as you traverse the more extreme sections of the quarry. The full range of Mercedes-Benz off-road vehicles is available to try, including the G, GL, GLK and M classes. Using the varied terrain, the experienced instructors will explain the features and options of each model which help the driver to master off-road conditions. Even in poor weather or in the event of low snowfall, the winter course still offers plenty of training challenges with extreme gradients, rubble and ice. The drive lasts around 30 minutes and is free.

Compact Offroad Training

If you want to learn how to react to weather conditions and terrain, you can take the wheel yourself. On Saturdays there is Compact Offroad Training, an individual training module for those who prefer to drive their own cars. The half-day course, costing €95, teaches participants how to control a vehicle on difficult terrain. It covers extreme precipices, gradients on ice and braking on slippery surfaces. Expert off-road drivers will demonstrate how an all-wheel-drive vehicle behaves off-road and how to make maximum use of its power at the limits of traction. Courses can be booked between 8 January 2013 and 26 February 2013. Subject to agreement and availability, all-day test drives are also available for an additional charge. Participants must be 21 or over. There is no age restriction for co-drivers. Bookings can be made by calling +43 (0) 699 1120 2103 or online at www.offroad-kitzbuehel.com.

The Offroad Experience continues the successful partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps. Since 2007 Mercedes-Benz has been supporting the region by providing test drives and exceptional leisure facilities at the Mercedes-Benz Sportpark.

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Kitzbühel is all set for a great season's skiing - attractive new facilities for winter 2012/13

Kitzbühel, 29. 11. 2012. Kitzbühel is all set for a great season's skiing! Many of the area's ski lifts, including the Fleckalmbahn, Jufen, Sonnenrast and Resterkogel, are already in full weekend operation. There is plenty of snow cover, with generous snowfall creating the perfect conditions for winter sports. The easy accessibility of the region, with its long winters and virtually guaranteed snow, makes it the ideal destination for skiers and winter sports fans. With recent upgrades to its ski facilities, Kitzbühel now has some added attractions for those who haven't yet made up their minds where to go for this winter's ski season.

Last winter skiers had to take the two-seater lift up the Zweitausender, but this season they can relax in comfort on a modern detachable chairlift with heated seats and canopies, each chair carrying up to eight people comfortably to the summit. Comfort has also been improved at the Walde-Bahn chairlift in the core skiing area on the Hahnenkamm. Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel has replaced the old T-bar lift on the Walde, which offers some of the most guaranteed snow in the Kitzbühel area, and invested in a state-of-the-art detachable 6-seater. This new chairlift also features heated seats and canopies for a comfortable ride up to the mountain station at 1706 m. The quality of the pistes has also been extensively upgraded, with improvements made to the Familienstreif and the Kaser run. Extra snowmaking equipment has also been acquired for the Familienstreif/Walde and Ganslern areas, and in 2012/13 a total of 780 snow cannons will provide extra snow cover - 30 more than last season. All in all, Kitzbühel is ideally prepared for a successful ski season in 2012/13.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kitzbühel ski area at http://de-de.facebook.com/kitzbuehel. Information on snow altitudes, descents and lifts is available at http://www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/ and http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de.


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For Christmas shopping with a difference, come to Kitzbühel!

World-class shopping without the stress

Kitzbühel, 11.10.2012. Every year in the run-up to Christmas, it's the same typical scene in so many cities: department stores and shopping arcades are overcrowded, everyone is irritable, products are sold out, and the choice is uninspiring. Kitzbühel Tourism invites you to discover Christmas shopping with a difference - with relaxation and luxury too! On a short break to the most legendary sports destination in the Alps, you can combine shopping with a little pampering or some winter sports. You can shop for the perfect outfit for the festive season or gifts for family and friends - and then take advantage of Kitzbühel's many opportunities to relax. In addition to inspiring shopping, the town offers wellness facilities, fresh mountain air and delicious food as the perfect remedy for pre-Christmas stress.

Small but deluxe - world-class shopping in a compact area

Kitzbühel has the kind of shops you would expect from a world city, all in a compact space. You never have to walk far, yet there is huge choice. In the picturesque town centre with its colourful buildings you'll find many top names side by side. If you're looking for something exclusive, you'll find a range of exquisite gifts from handmade shoes to watches, jewellery and haute couture. Kitzbühel has plenty to offer fashion lovers, with a list of international names including the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hugo Boss. You will also find local designers who blend seamlessly into the high-end fashion scene. There is an original choice of gifts and souvenirs that you're sure not to find at home. As you wander through the alleys of the attractive old town, you'll discover local specialities with a typical Tyrolean character. The traditional crafts produced by local artisans range from the classic dirndl to Alpine-inspired jewellery. And when you get foot-sore, why not board a horse-drawn carriage or sledge - and perhaps you will see the first snowflakes? http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/lifestyle/shopping_nightlife

Refuel on Alpine energy with wellness and winter sports

Here in Kitzbühel, shopping isn't the only way to escape the stress of the city and get in the festive mood. The snow-covered backdrop of Kitzbühel's Alps can also be enjoyed with a spa break or winter sports. From a rock salt bath to a brine pool or chocolate massage, even seasoned spa-goers will find something to delight them in Kitzbühel. Many spas are also open to day guests: http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/lifestyle/wellness_beauty

When the ski season gets underway, Kitzbühel is transformed into a winter sports paradise. But regardless of snow levels, you can still enjoy the mountain air with a relaxed winter walk or hike. If you choose to combine shopping with a short break, you'll be spoiled for choice: six 5-star hotels and three 4-star superior hotels provide all the luxury you could ask for. Or if you prefer cosy, rustic surroundings, you may prefer a mountain chalet. When it comes to eating out, the choice in Kitzbühel is equally varied. Eight local restaurants with Gault Millau toques are just the peak of a wide range of places to eat. Kitzbühel's chefs serve up hearty Tyrolean specialities and creative cuisine with an international touch, always to an award-winning standard.


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Kitzbühel for women

Relax and unwind in a beautiful Alpine setting

Kitzbühel, 01.08.2012. Summer is in full swing, and women who are looking to book a holiday are sure to find the perfect break in Kitzbühel! Whether travelling solo, on a mother-daughter trip or with your best friend, Kitzbühel has everything women love: shopping, wellness and good food. For active types there are plenty of outdoor activities, or for a slower pace, walking, gentle fitness and wellness facilities. And to cool off, what could be better than a refreshing dip in a mountain lake? If you love luxury and fine dining, then Kitzbühel's shopping mile and high-calibre restaurants have all your heart could desire. And for those who love to party, Kitzbühel is a favourite place to dance the night away.

Summer sports in Kitzbühel

Relax and get into the holiday mood with tennis, cycling or golf in beautiful surroundings. During the summer months, the breathtaking Schwarzsee is popular with triathletes, swimmers and sun-worshippers alike. With over 170 kilometres of running routes and 1000 kilometres of cycle routes, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and feel stress melt away. If you feel like trying something new, why not discover the fun of golf? It's a growing trend, with women accounting for over 40% of German golfers. Inspired by professionals like Caroline Mass, the sport is becoming increasingly popular with women under 30. Kitzbühel has four courses near the town centre to choose from. Beginners will find the perfect opportunity to try out their skills at the town's golf schools. Taster sessions are available with Tina Sailer at the Kitzgolfakademie at Golfclub Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee, among others. http://www.kitzbuehel-golf.com/de/golfclubs

Re-energise the Alpine way

To relax and unwind after an active day, what could be better than the town's numerous spa hotels, many of which are open to day guests? It's the perfect way to experience the natural treasures of Tyrol. The spa at the new Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol specialises in European spa culture and traditional ceremonies, offering treatments with meadow plants and rock oil and local Tyrolean Speik and rock crystal massages. To relax in complete privacy, treat yourself to a private spa suite, for example at the Grand Alps Spa at Hotel Grand Tirolia. Treatments can be booked for individuals or groups of friends.

Shopping and eating out

Kitzbühel has the kind of shops you would expect from a world city, all in a compact space. Here you'll find chic boutiques offering haute couture and jewellery rubbing shoulders with Tyrolean specialities. From the contemporary and unusual to the authentic and traditional, Kitzbühel competes confidently with the world's major shopping destinations. At Helmut Eder Moden you'll find the world's major designers, while at Frauenschuh you can discover local Kitzbühel design. Kaspar Frauenschuh's unique handmade pieces incorporate the traditional Tyrolean materials of loden felt, Walk felt and leather. Goldsmith Margarete Klingler produces handmade jewellery, incorporating the chamois, the town's emblem, into her Gold-Kitz Collection. The timeless and elegant pieces are a unique symbiosis of art and culture, and a declaration of love to her home region.

Need a break? Why not drop by Café Schatzi to indulge your sweet tooth with a friend? Enjoy a coffee or glass of champagne before embarking on your next shopping spree! The centrally located picturebook café offers homemade cakes and delicious petit fours. Try the wonderful 'Chocolate Chamois Kisses', available to eat in or take home as a souvenir!

Rustic charm

As the perfect end to a successful day, treat yourself to dinner at one of the many traditional taverns serving regional and seasonal dishes. Dine al fresco at Wirtshaus Steuerberg, admire the stunning mountain views at Rosi's Sonnbergstuben, or enjoy the homely ambience of a 17th-century house like the Hallerwirt. And if you've still got the energy for a nightcap, round off the perfect day with a cocktail in the old town, perhaps at the legendary Fünferl, the Belluna Bar or the Bergsinn.

Find exclusive shopping, accommodation and restaurants in Kitzbühel at: http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/a-z


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Kitzbühel loves electric bikes

Guided electric bike tours in the mountains around Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel, 29. 06. 2012. Electric mobility is a major trend, and electric bikes have become a popular option with cyclists of all ages and levels. Kitzbühel began investing in the region's electric bike infrastructure in 2009 with the help of partner MOVELO. With 1200 kilometres of cycle routes and 800 kilometres of mountain bike trails covering an altitude of 18 000 metres, the Kitzbühel region is a hub for dedicated cyclists. The electric bike is the perfect way for cyclists of all levels to explore the mountains around Kitzbühel. In summer 2012, Kitzbühel is launching a new electric bike campaign, introducing professionally guided electric mountain bike tours for beginners and advanced cyclists.

The easy way to explore the mountains

Cycling experts Rob Pearce and Beppo Hechenberger will lead groups of at least five people into the fascinating mountains around Kitzbühel. Tours will run twice a week in English and German. They will provide novices with the perfect introduction to Kitzbühel and its environs, while experienced cyclists can head into the mountains for a sporting challenge. A technical introduction is included. For mountain bikers and road racers, Kitzbühel offers a varied, interesting and challenging selection of routes. Electric mountain bikes enable even less experienced cyclists to complete long distances and cope with sharp inclines without too much effort. The pedalling motion is assisted by a small, quiet electric motor. Depending on the terrain and the input by the rider, distances of up to 80 kilometres can be covered comfortably. Experienced cyclists who like to push themselves to the limits will also find plenty to challenge them. Thanks to a range of programmes and settings, the bikes are suitable for both recreational and more challenging riding.

Kitzbühel began expanding its facilities for electric bikes in 2009. A number of hotels now rent out electric bikes to guests. There are three local sports shops which rent, sell and service bikes. And should you run out of power en route to one of the 80 excursion destinations around Kitzbühel, the battery can be recharged as easily as a mobile phone. For regular electric bikes there are five battery charging stations. Together with nine neighbouring tourist regions, Kitzbühel belongs to the biggest continuous e-bike region in the world, with 275 electric bikes and 75 rental and battery change stations available for mile after mile of cycling pleasure.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/aktivitaeten/sommer/radfahren-mountainbiken/e-bike

64th Tour of Austria – top performance without a motor in sight

On 2 July 2012, international cycling stars and over 1000 amateurs will take on the crowning stage of the 64th Tour of Austria in Kitzbühel. En route to the legendary Kitzbüheler Horn, the steepest hill cycling route in Austria, competitors need to give everything they've got until the very last yard – without the aid of a motor! At around 7 km long, with gradients of up to 22.3% and a total ascent of 876 m, it's a challenge even for hardened cyclists. In addition to the spectacular route to the top of the Horn, there are 13 other training routes providing an enjoyable challenge for all levels. Details of all tours can be found online at http://touren.kitzbuehel.com/ or in the Kitz Roadbike brochure http://www.kitzbuehel.com/static/cms/kitzbuehel/pdf/kitz-roadbike.pdf .


High-resolution photos and this text can be downloaded from:
http://www.panama-pr.de/download/KITZ-E-Bike-EN.zip


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Putt, chip and pitch – Kitzbühel gets golf fever

2014 sees Kitzbühel host its 12th annual golf festival

Kitzbühel, June 2014. Between 22 June and 29 June 2014, the most legendary sports resort in the Alps will play host to the 12th Kitzbühel Golf Festival. The week-long event attracts 900 golfers to Kitzbühel every year. During the festival, twelve tournaments are played on a total of 42 kilometers fairways. Venues include Eichenheim Golf Club, Kitzbühel Schwarzsee Golf Club, Rasmushof Golf and Country Club, Kitzbühel Kaps Golf Club and Golf Club Mittersill-Stuhlfelden.

The Golf Festival is one of the most important events in Kitzbühel's competitive sporting calendar. In addition to eight classic golf tournaments played to the Stableford rules, there are three friendly competitions that demand courage, creativity and skill. The Streif-Attack sees a large group of pros and amateurs take on the legendary downhill ski run known as the Streif. Working downhill, competitors play nine holes from the starting point over the famous Mausefalle ('mousetrap') down to the Seidlalm and from there over the steep final face to the Rasmushof. Players can also test their mettle and earn bonus points in the longest drive competition, which tees off in the compression part of the run. Hiking boots or sturdy footwear are essential.

The traditional Gourmet Tournament at Rasmushof Golf Club is all about fine food. While the players test their skills on 18 holes at Gaudi Golf, they are plied with nine courses of Tyrolean delicacies. And at the Andreas Hofer tournament, golfers play in traditional Austrian dress and are required to demonstrate their cooking skills at the same time! Bonus points are on offer for assisting in cooking Kaiserschmarrn (a traditional pancake dish) over an open fire, and airgun shooting.

Four local hotels have joined forces to support the event. The Grand SPA Resort A-Rosa Kitzbühel, Golf und Ski-Hotel Rasmushof, Sporthotel Reisch and Golf- und Wellnesshotel Cordial Reith are offering special accommodation packages for participants, as well as hosting special events in the evenings. All hotels will not miss to show the FIFA world cup in public viewing areas. The classic Kitzbühel golf tournaments, which use the Stableford system, can be played singly or, in combination with a hotel package, in a series of three or five. All amateurs who are members of a recognised golf club in Austria or another country are eligible to participate. Three of the tournaments offer the chance to win an Audi TTS by achieving a hole in one.

After the festival is over, there will still be plenty of opportunity to test your golf skills and improve your handicap in Kitzbühel. The town's golf clubs will be hosting several tournaments right up until the end of October 2014.

The home of golf in the Alps

Kitzbühel harmoniously combines sport and breathtaking scenery like no other resort. With a spectacular setting in the Kitzbüheler Alps, the town's numerous golf courses boast a stunning backdrop. The combination of the charming old town with its excellent shops and the beautiful mountain scenery with its rugged rocks and gentle grass-covered slopes is quite simply unique. Kitzbühel also gives golfers the chance to play several courses rather than being limited to one. The town's first golf course opened on 30 July 1955. Today there are four courses either in the town or no more than five minutes' drive away. Additional variety is provided by another 30 courses within a radius of 100 km, including 24 which can be played with the Golf Alpine Card - making these clubs part of the largest continuous golf network in Europe.


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"The Legend. 2011" – Kitzbühel's first blended white wine takes the stage

Scheiblhofer estate and Kitzbühel Tourism continue successful partnership

Kitzbühel, 11.06.2012. Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps, now has its very own white wine. "The Legend." is a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the Scheiblhofer vineyard. Having introduced the elegant red "Legend" in 2009, the Andau-based vintner is now continuing its successful partnership with Kitzbühel Tourism with a blended white wine of the same name. The Legend white wine costs €13.90 and is available from Kitzbühel Tourism or from http://www.scheiblhofer.at It can also be enjoyed at many local restaurants.

Vintner Erich Scheiblhofer says: "When it comes to the quality of my wines, I take great pains and refuse to compromise. We applied this same philosophy to the new blend. For our 2012 edition we selected the excellent vintages of 2009 and 2011. Like our red wines, our Chardonnay grapes are fermented in new oak barrels. The fruity Sauvignon Blanc adds a pleasant lightness to the full-bodied, characterful Chardonnay, giving it a subtle spiciness and mature acidity. This marriage creates a refined, fruity white wine of legendary potential."

"The idea for a Kitzbühel white wine blend came about in 2011, in a conversation with Erich Scheiblhofer and hotelier Walter Hopfner from Sport- und Wellnesshotel Bichlhof," explains Peter Marko, director of Kitzbühel Tourism. "The two partners, Scheiblhofer and Kitzbühel - the most legendary sports destination in the Alps - joined forces in 2009 in what proved to be a highly successful partnership. The new white wine is a response to the immense popularity of our red wine blend. We're delighted that the partnership is continuing and that Erich Scheiblhofer has been able to produce such an outstanding white wine of the customary excellent quality for Kitzbühel."

The Scheiblhofer estate is situated in Andau, one of Austria's warmest wine-growing regions, and is among the largest in the province of Burgenland. It has been named Winery of the Year on several occasions by AWC. The label for the white "Legend" is modelled on that of the red. Like the red, the white Scheiblhofer blend incorporates the curved letter E on the label. For the white version, the colours green and black were chosen. The Kitzbühel logo with the chamois, designed by Alfons Walde in 1933, decorates the bottom edge of the bottle.

Hosts Andrea und Walter Hopfner, Peter Marko and Erich Scheiblhofer welcomed a large number of local restaurateurs and guests to the first tasting of the new Kitzbühel white wine at Sport- und Wellnesshotel Bichlhof.


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See a different side of Kitzbühel: tranquil mountain hideaways

Tips for a relaxing break: from authentic Alpine chalets to exclusive luxury hotels

Kitzbühel, 24.05.2012. If you feel like spending a few days in complete peace and quiet, Kitzbühel is the perfect summer destination. It boasts a selection of top hotels, including six 5-star and three 4-star Superior hotels offering luxurious and exclusive surroundings where you can relax and enjoy the tranquillity and exquisite food. Or, for a relaxing weekend in the heart of the mountains, there are numerous guesthouses and chalets which combine traditional Alpine lifestyles with modern comfort to create an original experience. Claudia Waldrunner works for Kitzbühel Tourism and knows the most legendary sports destination in the Alps from a different, more relaxed side. She shares six tips for a relaxing summer getaway.

Pure and authentic: Malernhof and Melkalm

Kitzbühel isn't just one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, it's also a typical Tyrolean village surrounded by farms and mountain pastures. Visitors can discover this other side of Kitzbühel in an authentic setting at Melkalm or Malernhof. Situated at the foot of the Hahnenkamm, Malernhof has been farmed by the Obernauer family for over 200 years. In summer and autumn, some 30 cows wander in the pastures around the farm - the same cows that supply milk and yoghurt for breakfast. Wake up every morning in the traditionally furnished rooms with wood panelling and attractive folk art. The Melkalm makes a wonderfully cosy retreat, with a typical Tyrolean ambience and plenty of wood features. In some rooms you can almost see the magnificent panorama from your bed, because the Melkalm is situated on the sunny slopes of the Ehrenbachhöhe on the Hahnenkamm. While away the day on the beautiful sun terrace, enjoying traditional Tyrolean cooking and the view of the Alps. The Melkalm is also a good starting point for cycling or walking tours.

Gourmet's delight: Sonnbühel and Bärenbadalm

The traditional Gourmet Tournament at Rasmushof Golf Club is all about fine food. While the players test their skills on 18 holes at Gaudi Golf, they are plied with champagne, canapés, local cold platters and Tyrolean delicacies. And at the Andreas Hofer tournament, golfers play in traditional Austrian dress and are required to demonstrate their cooking skills at the same time! Bonus points are on offer for assisting in cooking Kaiserschmarrn (a traditional pancake dish) over an open fire, and airgun shooting.

Indulge in a little luxury: Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol

The Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol, opened in December 2011, combines the luxury of a modern five-star hotel with Tyrolean style reinterpreted for our times. A fresh colour scheme with earthy tones is combined with traditional materials such as loden felt and wood shingles. Guests can admire the stunning mountain views from their own balconies, enjoy direct access to the pistes, relax in the private spa and discover the varied cuisine of the hotel's own kitchen, including the pan-Asian cooking of Wini Brugger's Sra Bua restaurant. If you are looking for an exclusive, tranquil hideaway from the hectic pace of urban life, you'll find a wonderful ambience at Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol.

A step into the past: Landhaus Kainzerngütl

The Kainzerngütl was built in the days when visitors came to Kitzbühel as a summer health resort. Over 100 years old, the timber building is one of the few buildings in the area to remain in its original state. It contains three holiday apartments, lovingly restored and modernised by the Moser family. From the charming tiled stoves to the old wooden floorboards and furniture made of traditional stone pine, here you can experience the kind of holiday you might well remember from childhood: authentic, original – as if time had stood still.

If you only know Kitzbühel as a winter resort, you might be surprised to learn what the most legendary sports destination in the Alps has to offer in summer and autumn. In addition to a stunning natural setting in the Alpine landscape, which can be explored on foot or by bike with over 1000 km of hiking and cycle routes, there is a varied line-up of events including the Kitzbühel Alpine Rally for classic and vintage cars and Kitz Sommernächte for fans of traditional music.


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Streif Vertical Up – a legendary ski run inverted

Kitzbühel draws in visitors with an original competition and legendary slopes

Kitzbühel, 10.02.2012. Didier Cuche has scarcely finished dominating the Streif as the best competitor in the most spectacular ski race in all the world before the next competition on Kitzbühel's Hahnenkamm starts up. The event is called "STREIF VERTICAL UP...The battle on the Hahnenkamm", where the goal is to conquer the mythical Streif from the bottom up. The competition is being held for the second year in a row on February 25th at 6:30 PM. Kitzbühel has represented a unique skiing tradition since 1892. The mountain city is continuing this tradition with new events like Vertical Up. Current snow depths of 240 cm on the mountain and 120 cm in the valley provide the outstanding winter sporting conditions for such events.


Streif Vertical Up

The athletes have to battle their way up the legendary Hahnenkamm ski run lit by floodlights, covering a height difference of 860 meters and a route length of 3,312 meters. They do so under their own power, free to choose the materials they use. Those are the only rules. The competition is an unpredictable challenge where an ideal combination of endurance, technique and materials decides the victor. Registration is open to athletes of all types. Participants in the speed class vie for a purse totalling 3,500 euros. They have to get up the Streif as quickly as possible. Competition in the backpacking class is oriented more towards fun and entertainment. There the participants climb the Familienstreif run equipped with a backpack full of supplies. The prize is an exclusive weekend of cycling in the Alps surrounding Kitzbühel. In addition to the fastest participants, the best team and the best original clothing are also evaluated. The goal of the team led by promoter Nico Hechenberger for using this event was to create an innovative event that encompasses the modern spirit of Kitzbühel. Registration for the backpacking class is still open until February 18th, 2012 at http://www.verticalup.at


Ski region Kitzbühel

Athletes with less ambitions can also enjoy adventurous night races underneath the starry sky: On Thursdays and Fridays, the freshly groomed pistes on the Gaisberg in Kirchberg are floodlit until 11pm. Apart from that the Kitzbühel ski region offers various alternatives. 60 expertly groomed descents at all difficulty levels with a total length of 170 km attract winter sports enthusiasts. For skiers who relish a challenge there are deep-snow descents, mogul runs and carving runs. All pistes are easily accessible with 52 modern cable cars, from simple descents like the Kaser Extended to the breathtaking northern slopes of the Steinbergkogel. For snowboarders and off-piste skiers there are 32 km of ski routes winding through untouched terrain. The most beautiful deep-snow descents in the easily accessible backcountry, for example on the Bichlalm and the Zweitausender, are best explored with trained ski or mountain guides or with touren.kitzbuehel.com. Between the Hahnenkamm and the Resterhöhe there are 56 cosy ski huts with beautiful sun terraces serving traditional local food inviting to take a break while sun-skiing. Skate skiers and classic cross-country skiers will love the 500 km of groomed runs around the Wilder Kaiser. The best views are to be had from the reliably snowy, high-altitude cross-country runs, such as the Loipe Aschau run at 1000 m.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/aktivitaeten/winter/ski-snowboard


Following legendary tracks

The world's most spectacular ski descent, the Streif, is also open in winter. You must have a high level of skill if you want to follow in the footsteps of the 1956 miracle ski team. Key points on the descent, such as the Mausefalle, the Steilhang and the Hausbergkante, are graded as 'extreme' ski routes and are reserved for experienced skiers only. The red Familienstreif run avoids these difficult stages. Beginners can test their mettle on the 'mini' Streif run at the foot of the Hahnenkamm descent. For some real World Cup atmosphere, try the Ganslernhang, one of the last classic World Cup slalom runs. Ambitious skiers can train on the wide assortment of ski runs alone or with instruction.
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Legends 2.0 – Kitzbühel's new heroes

A new generation is writing the next chapter in the town's history

Kitzbühel, 30.03.2012. In the 1950s, local legends like Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner, Anderl Molterer, Christian Pravda, Fritz Huber Jr. and Toni Sailer wrote skiing history. They put Kitzbühel on the map and their names still resonate today. Now there is a new generation earning the title of Kitzbühel legends: Rosi Schipflinger, Axel Naglich, Kaspar Frauenschuh and David Kreiner. With sporting achievements, fashion and food, they are part of Kitzbühel's unique culture.


Rosi Schipflinger's Sonnbergstuben: where tradition meets contemporary style

400 metres above Kitzbühel, on the Sonnberg, you'll find Rosi Schipflinger's small culinary heaven: the Hotel and Restaurant Rosi's Sonnbergstuben. In the space of 40 years, the former hikers' tavern was transformed into a modern hotel with double rooms and suites in the traditional Landhaus style, serving traditional Austrian cooking. Rosi welcomes many famous names to her hotel – but she doesn't think of herself as a hostess to celebrities: "Everyone is welcome, whether they're famous or not. Obviously celebrities are part of the scene here in Kitzbühel, but I don't see the town as elitist. On the contrary, the Kitzbühel I know is both cosmopolitan and traditional. It's the combination that makes the town what it is." It's quite natural to find her singing the town's song, the 'Kitzbühel-Lied', to her guests one minute, and organising a function for several hundred people the next. A visit to the establishment run by Kitzbühel's bubbly and energetic hotelier is a must, whether for a special celebration or a quiet, elegant dinner. At her Alm-Shop you can buy condiments and homemade preserves, a cookbook of classic dishes entitled "Eating at Rosi's", and even her own fashion collection, 'sunmountain'.
http://www.sonnbergstuben.at/


At home in Kitzbühel, at home in the world: border-crosser Axel Naglich

Axel Naglich loves a challenge. He has won the 24-hour ski race in Aspen three times, has 11 years' experience as a test skier on the Streif run at the Hahnenkamm Races, and became the first person to complete the world's longest ski descent at Mount St. Elias in Alaska - to name just a few of the milestones in his extreme sports career. The professional architect has also worked in many different places around the world, but he believes that for sports lovers there is nowhere better than Kitzbühel: "It's no coincidence that I live here," he says. "Kitzbühel is amazing. It's got everything you need for work and play. I can do all the activities I enjoy within a stone's throw of my home: skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, flying, cycling, swimming, running. I can plan new projects and carry on my profession as an architect." He never gets bored of the Kitzbühel Alps: "The backcountry is varied and incredible." On the Hahnenkamm alone, the 44-year-old can recommend 12 different descents. "Life is good," he says, with typical optimism. "Everything I do, I enjoy, and that's especially true in Kitzbühel."
http://www.mountstelias.com/


Sewing against the mainstream: Kitzbühel's fashion pioneer Kaspar Frauenschuh

Local businessman Kaspar Frauenschuh and his sister Theresia have been selling their own sportswear collection and fashion by international designers at the long-established store Frauenschuh since 1995. The Frauenschuh range, which started with the legendary fleece jacket, now has a worldwide reputation. The secret of making these unique handmade pieces is time and leisure, and that's what Kaspar Frauenschuh finds aplenty in his home town. "In Kitzbühel I can find energy and inspiration. It also provides peace and tranquillity. It's only here that you can develop a feeling for the riches of nature." This respect for nature is part of Kaspar Frauenschuh's basic philosophy, a principle to which the business has been true for over 50 years. He credits the leather manufactory owned by his parents, Hans and Anna Frauenschuh, with endowing an awareness of the combination of tradition and contemporary style. "My Austrian-made brand stands for traditional craftsmanship, authenticity and living tradition. While creativity is vital, it's important not to follow trends mindlessly but to stay true to yourself. Only then can you create timeless fashion." Kaspar Frauenschuh loves Kitzbühel's diversity: "Passionate mountaineers or the fashionable set, everyone finds what they're looking for here." This contrast is reflected in his luxuriously appointed store, where charming folk motifs by Alfons Walde on the walls meet sophisticated interior design. "Whether you're nipping into the office, heading into the mountains for a skiing trip, or going on an excursion to Italy – here everything is nearby." To Kaspar, his home town - "possibly the most beautiful there is" - is simply perfect.
http://www.frauenschuh.com


High-flyer David Kreiner: a young skiing star from Kitzbühel

Soaring through the air and then engaging in a man-to-man cross-country battle - that's what Nordic combined skier David Kreiner loves about his sport. Having taken his first steps on skis at the tender age of two and a half, he tried his first jumps at the age of six at the Schattbergschanze in Kitzbühel. It was the start of a successful career as a Nordic combined skier, of which the high point so far was a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. "This sport allows me to travel to competitions in faraway places, see some amazing sights and explore the wider world," says David. Nevertheless, he adds with conviction: "Home is best." 'Home' is Kitzbühel, where the great outdoors offers everything the sports-mad 31-year-old loves in his spare time: "Skiing in winter, visiting the Schwarzsee in summer, hill running in the autumn." But it isn't just the outdoors that makes Kitzbühel his favourite place in the world. "The local people are friendly and warm-hearted." Even living legends as Hias Leitner and Anderl Molterer: "In spite of all their titles and records, they're incredibly friendly, funny and down-to-earth."
http://www.david-kreiner.at


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Portrait: Kitzbühel "The Legend"

Kitzbühel, the most legendary sports destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel's worldwide reputation. Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town's elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails. Tyrol's most sophisticated resort attracts visitors from all over the world, including celebrities, with its traditional character combined with modern flair. International events like the Snow Polo World Cup, multi-award-winning restaurants serving up creative cuisine, and a state-of-the-art conference centre show how Kitzbühel manages to move with the times while staying true to its roots.


Strong sporting tradition

Kitzbühel is home to a true winter sports legend. In March 1893, Franz Reisch made the first high alpine ski descent in Austria from the Kitzbüheler Horn and laid the foundations of Alpine ski racing. The first races were organised in 1895, and Kitzbühel's first skiing championships took place in 1900. The construction of the Hahnenkamm cable car in 1931 signalled the dawn of the Hahnenkamm Races, the most spectacular ski races in the world. Kitzbühel is also home to a number of established ski schools. The most famous is probably the Kitzbühel Ski School, whose instructors are known as the 'Red Devils', and whose revolutionary outfit was designed in 1950 by skiing legend Karl Koller and the architect, visionary and painter Alfons Walde. The first golf course was opened in 1955, and today, with four courses in the town itself and another 30 close by, the region has become the golfer's paradies in the heart of the Tyrolian Alps. With international sports events and attractive leisure facilities, Kitzbühel now attracts sports enthusiasts all year round. Cycling events like the 66th International Tour of Austria and mountain bike festival KitzAlpBike attract visitors from all over the world. In 2006, Kitzbühel invested in the Mercedes-Benz Sportpark, a modern sports facility for recreational users and a place to nurture the champions of tomorrow.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/golf/en


A popular destination in summer, autumn and winter

Kitzbühel offers a full diary of activities and events in summer, autumn and winter. In summer, those who love the active life flock to the town. While top-level athletes do battle in the ATP tennis tournament and the ITU World Triathlon Series, outdoor lovers enjoy hiking, golfing and mountain biking amid the idyllic scenery. In autumn, there's time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of nature. From the Kitzbühel Food Festival to the 'David vs. Goliath' wine-tasting event, autumn is about relaxation and enjoyment. This is the perfect time to pamper body, soul - and palate. A delicious aroma of boletus mushrooms and local herbs wafts from the kitchens of local restaurants and traditional taverns. With numerous 'places of energy' and a wide range of wellness facilities, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind. Winter draws sports aficionados to the region, which has guaranteed snow. People from all over the world come to Kitzbühel to enjoy the pistes, hiking trails and cross-country ski routes. In addition to established highlights like the Valartis Bank Snow Polo World Cup and the famous Hahnenkamm Races, new events such as the Streif Vertical Up continue Kitzbühel's legendary sporting tradition.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/en/news-and-events

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Kitzbühel: Facts and Figures

KITZBÜHEL: ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

KITZBÜHEL IN SUMMER AND AUTUMN


HIKING
:: Over 1000 km of waymarked and maintained paths
:: Free guided walks from Mon - Fri
:: Kitzbühel Alpen Summer Card valid for all 29 summer lifts of the Kitzbuehel Alps
:: Themed walks: Discover the traditions of Tyrol

CYCLING
:: 800 km of cycling and mountain bike routes – well waymarked
:: Austria's steepest hill cycling route: Kitzbüheler Horn, gradient up to 22.3%
:: World's biggest electric bike region

GOLF
:: The golfer’s paradies in the heart of the Tyrolian Alps: two 18-hole courses,
    two 9-hole courses and 30 other courses within 100 km.
:: 4 golf schools for all levels from beginners to pros
:: golfers that play in Kitzbuehel automatically collect miles within the miles & more
    golfersselect programme

TENNIS
:: Large number of sand courts, indoor courts, tennis stadium

RUNNING AND NORDIC WALKING
:: Approximately 170 km of waymarked running and Nordic walking routes
:: Many running events throughout the region
:: The new home of Kitzbühel Tourism:
    all hiking, running and Nordic walking routes and cycle tours at a glance.
    http://touren.kitzbuehel.com/

MISCELLANEOUS
:: Kids' sports park, childcare, riding, paragliding, hang-gliding, rafting, canyoning,
    angling, mini golf, open-air concerts, small-calibre shooting ranges
    (indoor and outdoor), hunting bow trail, archery and much more.
:: Mercedes-Benz Sportpark with inline hockey, ice hockey, bowling,
    tennis, climbing wall and bouldering
:: On Fridays, night-time ascent of the Hahnenkamm by cable car with candlelit dinner
:: Casino Kitzbühel
    The Kitzbühel Casino is the chic multi-functional gathering area in Kitzbühel's
    city centre. There, many types of entertainment, gaming and lifestyle are offered under
    one roof. Guests enjoy the atmosphere and excitement on two levels. Whether roulette,
    blackjack, poker or the slot machines - the range of games is international and leaves
    nothing to be desired.


KITZBÜHEL IN WINTER


SKIING
:: Kitzbühel ski region: one ski pass valid for the whole region, including 53 lifts,
    60 descents and 170 km of pistes. Ski pass gives 50% discount at Aquarena spa and
    indoor pool and free use of ski bus
:: World famous downhill course „Streif“
:: 155 days of guaranteed snow
:: Freeride-Eldorado
:: Spectacular 3S cable car from Pengelstein to Wurzhöhe, 10-person single-line cableway
:: Free practice lifts in the valley
:: Kitzbühel Alpen All Star Card valid for 356 lifts and 1087 km of pistes
    in 10 ski regions
:: Mercedes-Benz Snowpark Kitzbuehel on the Hanglalm
:: 99 km of descents with artificial snow, 8 reservoirs
:: 15 ski schools and up to 600 skiing instructors
:: Miscellaneous: night skiing in Kirchberg, ski tours, Bavarian curling,
    carriage rides, Nordic cruising

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
:: 60 km of cross-country runs in Kitzbühel (free ski bus) with 3.3 km
    illuminated runs (until approx. 9.30 pm) in Reith near Kitzbühel.

WINTER ACTIVITIES
:: 170 km of cleared winter hiking trails – free guided winter walks,
    moonlight walks, sunset walks and torchlight walks
:: Tobogganing: Kelchalm, Trattenbachalm, night tobogganing on the Gaisberg

A LITTLE INDULGENCE


SHOPPING
:: Prominent labels such as Louis Vuitton, Luis Trenker, Moncler, Bogner and Jet Set
    plus Austrian designers including Frauenschuh, Helmut Eder Jnr,
     Helmut Eder Snr and Sportalm

WELLNESS
:: Large number of wellness hotels, plus Aquarena spa and pool with hammam and sauna

FOOD AND DRINK
:: Kitz Kulinarisch, the food festival in the town centre, opens the 'culinary season'
    in Kitzbühel.The best restaurants offer regional specialities
    made with local produce.
:: Kitzbühel boasts the highest density of gourmet eateries in Tyrol,
    with eleven restaurants and 18 Gault Millau toques.


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Kitzbühel in Winter

Kitzbühel has been writing skiing history for 120 years. The town boasts the ideal location and climate. In the long-established ski region around the Kitzbüheler Horn, the Nordstau weather effect ensures virtually guaranteed snow from December to April. Thanks to the grass cover up to the summits, skiing is possible even with small amounts of snow. There are also 820 snow cannons to create the perfect conditions for winter sports. And even if you don't come to Kitzbühel to ski, you'll find plenty to do with winter hiking, snowshoe walks, horse-drawn carriage rides, or simply a stroll around the picturesque town centre. In addition to sports there are lots of events that make Kitzbühel a fascinating winter destination: the town's Advent celebrations with a traditional Christmas market and the New Year fireworks on the Rasmusleiten create a romantic and magical atmosphere. High-profile events like the Hahnenkamm Races and the Valartis Snow Polo World Cup reflect Kitzbühel's more sophisticated and international side.


Skiing and snowboarding

The Kitzbüheler Alps are easily accessible, have a long winter and offer virtually guaranteed snow. The Kitzbühel ski region includes 60 expertly groomed descents at all difficulty levels with a total length of 170 km. For skiers who relish a challenge there are deep-snow descents, mogul runs and carving runs. On Thursdays and Fridays, the freshly groomed pistes on the Gaisberg in Kirchberg are floodlit until 11pm. All pistes are easily accessible with 53 modern cable cars, from simple descents like the Kaser Extended to the breathtaking northern slopes of the Steinbergkogel. Thanks to the 3S cable car, you can travel in the blink of an eye from Kitzbühel to the reliable snow on the summits around the Thurn Pass. The world's most spectacular ski descent, the Streif, is also open in winter. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the world's best skiers, you must have a high level of skill. Key points on the descent, such as the Mausefalle, the Steilhang and the Hausbergkante, are graded as 'extreme' ski routes and are reserved for experienced skiers only. The red 'family' descent avoids these difficult stages. Beginners can test their mettle on the 'mini' Streif run at the foot of the Hahnenkamm descent. For some real World Cup atmosphere, try the Ganslernhang, one of the last classic World Cup slalom runs. For snowboarders and off-piste skiers there are 32 km of ski routes winding through untouched terrain. The most beautiful deep-snow descents in the easily accessible backcountry, for example on the Bichlalm and the Zweitausender, are best explored with trained ski or mountain guides or with touren.kitzbuehel.com. Skate skiers and classic cross-country skiers will love the 500 km of groomed runs around the Wilder Kaiser. All runs in and around Kitzbühel can be used free of charge. The best views are to be had from the reliably snowy, high-altitude cross-country runs, such as the Thurn Pass run at 1200 m. Between the Hahnenkamm and the Resterhöhe there are 56 cosy ski huts with beautiful sun terraces serving traditional local food. Kitzbühel's legendary après-ski mile provides the perfect end to a day on the peaks.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/aktivitaeten/winter/snowboard-freeski/


Winter fun without the skis

In Kitzbühel, walking can be combined with tobogganing and bobsledding for no-skis-required winter fun. Toboggan runs like the Kelchalm in Aurach and the Trattenbachalm in Jochberg are scenic walking destinations that can be reached in just over an hour. Before setting out on the rapid descent, tobogganers can take some time out to relax, enjoy the sunshine and glorious mountain views, and refuel with traditional Tyrolean fare. The Gaisberg toboggan run on the Sportberg in Kirchberg is open until late for dedicated tobogganers. On Tuesdays to Saturdays it is illuminated from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for night-time tobogganing.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/aktivitaeten/winter/weitere/rodeln-zipflbob.htm

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Wellness in Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is the ideal destination for those who want to pamper body, mind and soul. With its pure mountain air, alpine climate and breathtaking scenery, it's the perfect setting for a healthy and relaxing break. From traditional Alpine wellness to modern beauty treatments, Kitzbühel has it all - combining luxury and relaxation as no other resort can. The town has a wide selection of sports and wellness hotels offering treatments that range from peat baths to sports massage. As well as the beauty parlours, day spas and yoga studios, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities to boost their energy levels. Kitzbühel's lakes, waterfalls and 'places of energy' are also popular destinations for an active yet tranquil getaway.


Beauty spas and Alpine wellness

The Alpine wellness philosophy is based on pampering, relaxation and harmony. It seeks to harness the therapeutic benefits of the mountains. Numerous hotels in Kitzbühel offer a mix of healthy eating, fitness, wellness and healing therapies in an Alpine ambience. They focus on the use of traditional, locally grown produce, preserving traditions and customs, and offering treatments based on the local environment. Their aim is to improve quality of life and provide new and different experiences as an escape from the hectic pace of modern life. A varied selection of treatments is available, from herbal steam baths to a biosauna. Local resources are used in the form of Alpine herbal skin care products, wraps made of local peat, organic food and aromatic dishes made with flavoursome Alpine herbs. From fitness to holistic wellbeing, Kitzbühel offers a complete, high-class wellness experience for men and women alike. For maximum indulgence, the town's modern beauty spas offer a range of innovative treatments. Fans of Oriental massage, modern anti-ageing treatments and beauty ceremonies with exclusive brands will find they lack for nothing in Kitzbühel. And for utter relaxation there are numerous luxurious pool facilities with views of the Tyrolean mountains. Guests at the Kempinksi Hotel Das Tirol can expect a very special spa experience: The stylish wellness area of the five star superior hotel was awarded with the Spa Diamond in the category spa hotel in 2014.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/de/aktivitaeten/wellness-beauty/


Feel energised in the great outdoors

Walking is the perfect way to find inner tranquillity and feel energised – especially on Kitzbühel's green meadows and tranquil grassy slopes. A special energy and attraction is attributed to 'places of energy', inspiring locations that can be reached on foot or by bike. In the centre of Kitzbühel is the start of the Kreuzweg or Way of the Cross, which ends at the Einsiedeleikapelle, a chapel endowed in 1735 by local resident Franz Stitz. If you have the energy to follow the route further to Seidlalm, you'll come across the idyllic mountain lake which lies above the pasture. From the Seidlalm you can look down the valley to the Schwarzsee, the warmest peat lake in the Alps. This is also the start of an 'energy route' which leads from the Schwarzsee to the Vogelsberg Weiher and the Gieringer Weiher and back again. One particularly scenic walk leads to the Sintersbacher waterfall, a natural monument in Jochberg, which at 165 m is one of the most imposing waterfalls in the Alps. The natural spectacle is particularly impressive during snowmelt. The peaks around Kitzbühel are especially stunning by moonlight, and once a month, at the full moon, there are guided mountain walks. On the route from Schloss Kaps in Bichln up to the Sonnbergstuben there are breathtaking views of the mountain landscape.
http://touren.kitzbuehel.com/

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Cycling in Kitzbühel

Push your limits on the Kitzbüheler Horn, head downhill for the ultimate adrenaline rush, or simply explore one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Kitzbühel has 1200 km of scenic cycling routes covering 18.000 metres in altitude, 800 km of mountain bike and cycle touring paths, plus challenging trails. Visitors who prefer an easier pace can enjoy the varied scenery on electric bikes.
http://touren.kitzbuehel.com/


Cycling to the max

Kitzbühel offers excellent facilities for professional cyclists who want to stretch themselves to the limit. The routes for mountain bikers and road racers are varied, interesting and challenging. The ascent of the legendary Kitzbüheler Horn demands serious effort right up to the very last yard. At around 21 km long, with gradients of up to 22.3% and a total ascent of 950 m, it's a challenge even for hardened cyclists. It's here that you'll find the highlight of the cycling year, the crowning stage of the Tour of Austria, which sees international cycling stars and over 1000 amateurs take on the steepest cycling route in the country, the Kitzbüheler Horn. With 14 other training routes in and around Kitzbühel, taking in a range of challenges from the Wilder Kaiser to the top of the Grossglockner, there's a route and difficulty level for every cyclist.

The same slopes traversed by skiers in winter are used by mountain bikers in summer. The Kitzbüheler Alps offer more than 800 km of forest and pasture trails which are particularly suitable for mountain bikes. And if you fancy a downhill challenge, there are several trails with a gradient of up to 30% at an altitude of 600 m. And when you need a break, whether on the Kitzbüheler Horn, the Hahnenkamm or the Wilder Kaiser, you'll find plenty of mountain huts with stunning scenic backdrops. In 2014 the Kitzbüheler Alps will play host to the 19th KitzAlpBike mountain bike festival, which is expected to attract some 1000 people.


Cycling at a gentler pace

Not everyone is looking to beat their personal best. For families and those who prefer to cycle at a gentler pace, Kitzbühel has plenty of easier tours. The wide choice of tour routes in the broad valleys of the Kitzbüheler Alps are the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The mountain huts with their stunning views are also within easy reach of leisure cyclists if you choose an electric bike to help with the steeper sections. Kitzbühel is part of the world's biggest e-bike region, with 275 electric bikes and 75 rental and charging stations available.

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Golf in Kitzbühel

Golf has a long tradition in Kitzbühel, the first golf course having been officially opened on 30 July 1955. Today there are four courses either in the town or no more than five minutes' drive away. Additional variety is provided by another 30 courses within a radius of 100 km, including 23 which can be played with the Golf Alpine Card - making these clubs part of the largest continuous golf network in Europe. Kitzbühel offers golfers a wide choice in a stunning location. The golfer's paradies in the heart of the Tyrolian Alps gives you the chance to try a different course every day. Beginners will find all the help and advice they need at Kitzbühel's golf schools and academies. But whether you're a novice or a pro, the combination of the charming old town with its excellent shops and the beautiful mountain scenery with its rugged rocks and gentle grass-covered slopes is a unique golfing paradise.


Golf courses in Kitzbühel

The 18-hole Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee-Reith course has challenging water hazards and breathtaking panoramic views. The varied fairways and balanced terrain make the perfect course for all types of player. Golfers can cool off at the '20th hole', the Schwarzsee - the warmest peat lake in the Alps. Golfclub Eichenheim is the work of American designer Kyle Phillips. The generously proportioned championship course is characterised by majestic cliffs and lush forests. A fair degree of skill is needed to master the 18-hole course. The 9-hole Rasmushof was Tyrol's first private golf course. Situated five minutes away from the town centre, in the finishing area of the legendary Streif ski descent, the traditional course is especially popular with celebrity players. Ideal for beginners, the 54-par course nonetheless offers a challenge to pro golfers. On the sunny side of town is the scenic 9-hole course at Golfclub Kitzbühel. In 2006 the old chateau walls, a new area of trees and lakes with two island greens were artistically incorporated into a beautifully composed course. Situated in the grounds of Schloss Kaps, this is the playground of serious golfers: the club has more single-handicap players than any other in Austria.
Kitzbühel is home to 17 specialist golf hotels which cater specifically for the needs of golfers. The Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel, the Golf & Ski Hotel Rasmushof and the A-ROSA Kitzbühel are all situated next door to a course.
http://www.kitzbuehel-golf.com/en/golfclubs


Golf schools and academies

At the Kitzgolfakademie. at Golfclub Kitzbühel Schwarzsee, children's instructor Tina Sailer believes that learning should be fun. The three-day courses for kids include equipment, food, video analysis and a tournament. The Golfkidsakademie. specialises in golf training for children aged 4 and up. Using the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system from the USA, kids learn the skills of putting, chipping and pitching in an enjoyable way. At the Rasmushof Golf Academy, beginners can practise their first swings under the guidance of tournament pros. The covered driving range and beautifully groomed putting and chipping green are the ideal place to perfect your skills as you work towards tournament readiness. At the golf academy at Golfclub Eichenheim., the focus is on individual training. Before teeing off, novices can quiz professional instructor Hansjörg Lumpi about the art of golf in a 'Meet the Pro' session. Later, video analyses and club fittings help players to optimise their game.
http://www.kitzbuehel-golf.com/en/


Golf events

The most important event in Kitzbühel's tournament calendar is the Kitzbühel Golf Festival. The twelth festival will take place between 22 June and 29 June 2014. The week-long event attracts over 500 golfers to Kitzbühel every year. Twelve tournaments are played on a total of 144 fairways. The highlight of the festival, the Streif-Attack, sees a large group of pros and amateurs take on the Streif, the legendary downhill ski run. The 'gourmet tournament' at GLC Rasmushof is all about fine food. While the players test their skills at Gaudi Golf, they are plied with champagne, canapés, local cold platters and Tyrolean delicacies. At the Andreas Hofer tournament, golfers play in traditional Austrian dress and are required to demonstrate their cooking skills at the same time! The classic Kitzbühel golf tournaments, which use the Stableford system, can be played singly or, in combination with a hotel package, in a series of three or five.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/golf/en
http://www.golffestivalkitzbuehel.at/

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Kitzbühel: a walker’s paradise

Walking has always been in vogue in Kitzbühel – a recurring trend every summer and autumn. Whether you prefer an easy stroll, an energetic jog or Nordic walking, the landscape of meadows, broad pastures and gentle grassy slopes has something for everyone. There are over 1000 km of paths on which to explore the majestic mountain scenery. There is a good path network and special routes for joggers and Nordic walkers covering every difficulty level, from buggy-friendly circular routes to more challenging mountain tours. The legendary backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser, Hohe Tauern and Grossglockner is always in view.


Kitzbühel's beautiful grassy mountains

One typical feature of the Kitzbüheler Alps, which stretch from the Zeller See to the Zillertal, is the grass-covered mountains. In stark contrast to the rugged, steep limestone mountains like the Grosser Rettenstein, they are covered in meadows and pasture land even above 2000 m. At 2363 m, the Geissstein is one of the highest peaks in the range and the highest to be covered in grass.


Tasty regional specialities

Food is usually available out in the pastures and meadows. Hikers can sample an authentic Tyrolean 'Jause', usually bread, cold cuts and cheese, at the traditional huts. Many of the specialities available, such as bacon, cheese and schnapps, are locally produced and make a wonderful souvenir. If you're on the trails for several days, mountain huts in popular walking areas often provide overnight accommodation.


Guided walks

The well-signposted paths make it easy to explore the Kitzbüheler Alps by yourself. But a guided walk with experienced guides Madeleine and Engelbert is highly recommended. Every Monday to Friday between mid-May and the end of October, they offer free guided walks to some of Kitzbühel's most beautiful spots. They also offer themed walks, where you can learn about local farming traditions or enjoy a romantic moonlight stroll. To help you plan your walk, at http://touren.kitzbühel.com you'll find a convenient planning tool with information about distances, altitudes and difficulty.


Running and Nordic walking

For running and Nordic walking enthusiasts, Kitzbühel has designed a special route network called KitzRunning. With 23 routes covering 170 km, eleven different start points and a variety of difficulty levels and terrain, there's a perfect training route for novices and pros alike. The clearly marked paths and trails include gravel, asphalt, forest, meadow and boardwalk. On the running routes high on the famous peaks of the Hahnenkamm and Kitzbüheler Horn, even experienced runners will find something to delight them. For an easier challenge there are the paths around the Schwarzsee and the scenic, hilly terrain of the Bichlach. You can use the Kitz Running Folder to design your own personal running programme in detail. Out on the trails, the good signposting provides good orientation for endurance runners.

The numerous running events in the region allow you to measure your fitness against others! The highlight of the Kitzbühel running season is the 2014 Triathlon Kitzbuehel European championship from 19. – 22. June 2014.

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Kitzbühel: a food lover’s paradise

Kitzbühel loves food. With eleven restaurants and 18 Gault Millau toques, it has the greatest density of these prestigious awards in Tyrol. And when it comes to food, the cosmopolitan town has preserved its sense of authenticity and tradition. From hearty Tyrolean specialities to creative cuisine with international flair, Kitzbühel's chefs cater for a range of discerning tastes. Visitors can even sample a genuine local wine. 'The Legend.', a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Scheiblhofer vineyards, has been eagerly talked about since 2010. Since 2012 it is complemented by its white sister cuvée 'The Legend.', a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc blend. The main highlights of the culinary year are in autumn, including the Kitz Food Festival, the French fish market in Hinterstadt and the Kitzbühel Wine Festival.


From fine dining to mountain hut

In Kitzbühel, there's so much for food lovers to choose from. Steve Karlsch became the new chef at the gourmet restaurant of Kitzbühel’s Grand Tirola hotel in September 2012 and could easily keep up the high standard and continue the success of his predecessor Bobby Bräuer: With three toques and 17 points the „Petit Tirolia“ now ranks number one and nationwide among the best restaurants together with Andreas Senn’s gourmet restaurant „Heimatliebe“ at the hotel A-ROSA Kitzbühel. Chef Stefan Hofer presents a menu of imaginative creations in the wood-panelled interior of „Restaurant Neuwirt“. Meanwhile, the restaurant at Hotel & Spa Schwarzer Adler has won 2 toques and 15 points in the Gault Millau guide. The same goes for Stefan Lanz’ Relais & Chateau Tennerhof and the restaurant Schwedenkapelle: here, Christian und Markus Winkler want to bring their guests „back to the roots“ with down-to-earth Tyrolian cuisine and serve grandmother’s recipes, prepared once in a traditional style or once with a modern touch. All in all four restaurants in Kitzbühel are rated with 1 toque and 14 points: the Hotel zur Tenne, the Schwarze Adler Jochberg and the restaurant Lois Stern and since 2013 also Ernst Köstenbaumer’s Kulinarium at the Best Western Premier Kaiserhof. Walter Hiedl’s hinterstadt24 and the Bärenbichl-Stube (all 1 toque and 13 points) also form part of the vibrant culinary scene and help to make Kitzbühel Austria's premier destination for lovers of good food. Numerous huts and mountain taverns provide hearty fare for winter sports enthusiasts during or after a day on the slopes. Gone are the days when the menu was limited to bacon dumplings and Kaiserschmarrn, the traditional pancake dish. These days Kitzbühel's mountain eateries also cater for discerning foodies. At the Toni Alm and Bärenbadalm on the Bärenbadkogel, for example, elegant wines are served up with shellfish and Angus steaks in a rustic setting. Berggasthof Sonnbühel has adapted to sophisticated palates and is now a popular destination for international celebrities. On Fridays visitors can enjoy a stylish candlelit dinner at the mountain station of the Hahnenkammbahn. The cable car takes you up the mountain to the Hochkitzbühel restaurant above the legendary Streif.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/en/lifestyle/wine_dine


Kitz Food Festival 2014

Autumn is packed full of food events, with local game, fresh herbs and tasty mushrooms all in season. Many restaurants use regional produce and also serve up dishes cooked with essential oils to walkers coming in from a long hike in the fresh air. The sixth Kitz Food Festival in the town centre opens the culinary season end of August 2014. The focus is on autumnal, regional food served up by chefs from the local region. Local producers will be selling regional delicacies at the farmers' market. And visitors can sample local wines and water and discover Tyrolean arts and crafts.
http://www.kitzbuehel.com/en/lifestyle/wine_dine/kitz_culinary


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Kitzbühel

At once breathtaking and legendary, Kitzbühel offers world-class sports, excellent shopping and unique food and drink - and all in a majestic setting. Our downloadable brochure is packed full of images of the most legendary sports destination in the Alps.

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Golf

Discover the golfers' paradies in the heart of the Tyrolean Alpes: the perfect green in the Alpine home of golf, with four excellent local courses and 30 more within a 100 km radius. What else would you expect from the most legendary sports destination in the Alps? Our downloadable golf brochure is packed with images of the Alpine home of golf, course profiles, and facts and figures.

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Running

With 170 kilometres of trails, 23 routes and 11 different start points, Kitzbühel is a unique running and Nordic walking paradise. Our downloadable running brochure, which lists all routes in Jochberg and Kitzbühel, is packed with information about walking and running and also contains a training plan.

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Cycling

Explore Kitzbühel in a completely different way. The town boasts 1200 km of trails for road bikes divided between 14 routes. The varied and scenic terrain offers numerous possibilities for touring. Our downloadable Kitz RoadBike brochure details the most attractive tours, route details and places to eat.

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Skiing

Kitzbühel and skiing is a timeless and legendary association. Kitzbühel has been sucessfully writing skiing history for 120 years. Today, the ski resort of Kitzbühel is among the most popular in the world, also favoured by snowboarders and freestyle skiiers with beautiful powder slopes and routes for unforgettable ski tours. Find all important facts and figures about the ski resort, about Kitzbühel’s skiing history and the great winter sport events in the downloadable skiing brochure.

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Top events in Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel combines romantic charm, sporting challenge and a refreshing zest for life in a way that no other resort manages to achieve. The town is famous for the large number of international events that take place there throughout the year. Sports events are especially popular, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the town and millions more on television. For a list of top events in Kitzbühel, download our PDF.

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Music festival Kitzbühel

From 04 August till 10 August 2014 Kitzbühel is all about music. Be it at the Hahnenkamm, in the legendary old town or at the open air stadium: Four days long international stars offer stunning entertainment with life performances. All artists and dates at one glance as well as informations about the framework programme will soon be available for download.

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KITZBÜHEL IN SUMMER


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GOLF IN KITZBÜHEL


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KITZBÜHEL IN AUTUMN


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KITZBÜHEL IN WINTER


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You can watch the following videos on youtube by clicking on the link in the video frame. All video material can be made available for editorial purposes by Kitzbühel Tourismus upon request:

Kitzbühel winterfilm

Kitzbühel offroad experience

Kitzbühel golfparadise

Kitzbühel freeride weeks

Kitzbühel Advent


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Claudia Waldbrunner
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